playing catch-up

Which totally seems my default setting of late.

But!  In my defense, I’ve been learning a bunch of new technology and becoming fluent (or, at least, more frequent) in several nerd-verses that I was only casually familiar with before.

And, I’ve taken on 3/4 of the social media for The Rainbow Hub, so that took up a little time since Google+ doesn’t have a scheduling feature.

Seriously, WTAF, Google?  Put in a freakin’ scheduling feature.  It’s, like, basic.

(I have found several options to ensure that I don’t have to babysit The Hub’s Google+ page, which is woefully underpopulated, and if you Google+, you should follow.)

I AM THE BUSIEST SQUID!

But, I’m okay with that.

I have also–in case y’all have missed my freaking out on other social media platforms (of which there are many)–applied for Dashcon.

But, let last week’s projecTransparency tell you more about that (and semiotics because MOTHERFUCKING SEMIOTICS):

My darling Susi approved of it, and there are few people more difficult to please academically than Susi.

But, yeah, Dashcon.

I know that I applied late, and I probably won’t be accepted because of it, but–OMG–I APPLIED FOR THE ARTIST ALLEY AT A DASHCON.

I feel like every moment not spent doing things for The Hub must-needs be spent doing–something.

THINGS!  STUFF AND THINGS!

ALL THE THINGS!

So–I may still be having a meltdown over the hypothetical.  *hands*

I have, due to really good sales going on, ordered more prints and a freakin’ banner.

That’s right.  A banner.

NO ONE CAN DOUBT MY COMMITMENT TO SPARKLE MOTION.

The prints are a little less pop-y and a little more abstract, so we’ll see how that goes.  A PREVIEW!

     

 

     

     

     

 

So–wide variety is wide.

And, I know some people were waiting for that flying fox, so there y’all go.

Also, very exciting, I HAVE FINALLY FIGURED OUT REDBUBBLE IN WAYS THAT DON’T END WITH ME IN TEARS and, that means, SHIRTS and STICKERS and CASES!  Oh, my!

(Seriously, I think I might have, like, 90% of this part of my artistic life sorted out.  I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO DO, YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND.)

I’m also going to start migrating my projecTransparency videos and my stand-and-stir arting videos (with additional cross-posting!) to their relative Youtube channels here soon.  (I finally figured out how to add channels completely by chance.  I suck so hard.)

Last weird bit of tentacle-made studios news.  I know that there are some people who are wanting me to make a book out of my sketch-a-day series, and I’m thinking about Kickstarter-ing a book(let) fund.  So, that’s something to be looking for in the near future.

*THIS IS THE SOUND THAT MY ANXIETY MAKES*

Courage.

So, stuff. THINGS. /oblique TWD reference

Yeah, I don’t even watch The Walking Dead.  I started to watch it back when it first aired, and it just moved too slowly for me.

…or, that could have been Grad School sucking out loud.  Maybe I should try it again?  I have sorta picked up A Game of Thrones.

…kinda…

Do I really have to read the novels?  I really don’t want to.

So, before that massively weird tangent happened, I have stuff and things to tell.

I’m evidently moonlighting in the (dark part of the) unnamed friends series again, so that’s all sorts of exciting–and messy.  Have I mentioned the messy?

unnamed friends: falling
2013
pastel on canvas
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

So, basically, I’ve had kinda a sucky day, so how better to make myself feel better?

TORTURE ONE OF THE UNNAMED FRIENDS!

This is something that’s been happening in this series.  They kinda stopped being all cute and fluffy and started bleeding from the eyes or having huge, massively, rip-your-throat-out teeth.

So, from kawaii to kowaii while still being kawaii.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, because I’m kind of a tech-dork (or, at least, a tech-dilettante), I started using Vine (I’m triesquid for those of you who do that sorta thing.), so now, y’all get process vidlets where I don’t talk to you.

In other news, I SOLD TWO PIECES OUT OF MY SOLO SHOW!

I know, it’s not like a huge THING, but I’m excited.  I mean, spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement is a completely conceptual series that (largely) isn’t remotely traditional in it’s format, and people bought pieces.

In Green Bay?!?!  <–Surely, this is a sign of the Mishapocalypse Apocalypse.

Okay, okay, I’m done being silly for now.

Courage.

video: a guided tour of my spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement exhibit

So, here I am hiding out in the Shawano Public Library, stealing there internet.

I have fallen so low.

…not really, I’m just frustrated with the entire lack-of-useable internet.  See all my frustration.

BUT!  I have managed to get the SPL’s internet to work long enough to upload my exhibit video for y’all, so there’s that.

Yep.  That’s me in all my tiny, round, tentacled glory.  And, with the big words and flailing.

Again, don’t forget that the reception for this show is Thursday, February 28th from 5-8(-ish).

Courage.

An overly productive week, i.e., ArtWalk piece completed.

ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED! *\o/*

So, the piece for the ArtWalk show/competition/thingie was a ridiculously multi-stepped process and all the mixed media.

Seriously, this think is like 5 feet of schizophrenic.  Welcome to my brain, yeah?

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement:
The Eater of Worlds
, sideview
2013
handspun yarn (from a Hello Purl art batt), paint, copper, fishing line
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement:
The Eater of Worlds

2013
handspun yarn (from a Hello Purl art batt), paint, copper, fishing line
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement:
The Eater of Worlds, detail

So, yeah, can we say Cronenberg?  ‘Cause I totally have those references going on.  And Lovecraft and eldritchian tendencies.  Seriously, body horror, vagina dentata, and the Uncanny are totally my jam.

Ginger Snaps?  Totally one of my favorite movies.

Naked Lunch?  I saw it when I was, like, 11. <–I kid you not; my brother brought it home to watch.  I was home sick with the worst flu ever and watched Rocky Horror Picture Show, Gothic, and Naked Lunch all in the same day.

With a 103 temp.

Somehow, I think this may be to blame for me and my visceral, bodily, grotesque (but in really bright colors!) art thing I’ve got going on.  Don’t y’all?

…it probably also explains the wiggins I get from anything with more than 10 legs.

THANK YOU, YVES CLOQUET, YOU CREEPY BASTARD.

Though, Julian Sands, yeah?

…maybe it’s just a Julian Sands thing.  He was in both Gothic and Naked Lunch, and he kinda looks like Richard O’Brien.  That’s a very interesting coincidence.

But the title is a reference to Galactus, Eater of Worlds.

*dooooooooooooooooooooooooork*

But!  It seemed like a reasonable title, even though there are also references to the Necromongers, the Narada, starfish, and octopodes.

…and maybe a touch of the Shadows from Babylon 5.

So, loads of references=me. *SIGH*

Also, because I’m kinda a freak and evidently an exhibitionist now, I made more of those not-instructional videos while I was working.

*HANDS*

IDEK.  Really, why am I doing this?

Okay.  Yeah.  I’m going to go now.

Remember there’s an opening at the ARTgarage for the First Quarter artists.  *waves*  And, I’m teaching a spinning class on Saturday, so if y’all want to take it, y’all need to sign-up for it super-quick.

Courage.

oh, how I <3 productive insomnia! (i.e., blog renovation)

So, yeah, insomnia.

I has it.  A lot.

*is ironic*

And, what do we do with insomnia?  We (i.e., me and the voices in my head) make tea and tackle a blog overhaul.

‘Cause I’m an freak.

*shifty eyes*

Isn’t it beautiful?  Or, at least, less craptastic?

I’m still working my way through everything, but I’m off to a good start.  So, please, remember that we’re under renovation.

…there was another theme I liked waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better, but it didn’t have the widget sidebar, and I want that widget sidebar.

*SAD*

*is a control freak*

*is a SAD control freak*

kthnxba

Courage.

 

“Behold! For I am really not kidding!” <-Yes, I know I used it yesterday…

But, I think that it bears repeating, especially since I just finished The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore. Evidently, someone somewhere is making a The Stupidest Angel movie. For realz. o.O

 

I kinda want to know what crack he’s on, because it’s obviously the really good Metals Crack*, but I kinda want my own stash.

 

*spiiiiiiiiiiiiiiins and tra lala las*

 

So, I am feeling better–or, at least, I’m not going to die and have made it out of Hemlock House for my date with the Illustrious Miss Sara–and, therefore, I am owing y’all a post (or seven). <–Okay, this was like 8 hours ago.  WordPress was being stupid, and I lost my post.  Twice.

 

Asshats.

 

Sorry, I have much anger today.

 

 

 

Okay, it may not be much of a post since, between SOPA/PIPA last week and feeling like I was going to die this week, there hasn’t be a whole lotta thinking going on in my little squid head.

 

There was some thinking that Umberto Eco has some pretentious paranoia going on and an ugly, deep-seeded love/hate/lust thing going on with the Templars and all the numerous other secret societies that are scarpering about the planet. <–I just finished reading Foucault’s Pendulum too.

 

 

 

Nota Bene: The focus of my studies in Classics were Religion (specifically Mystery Religions), Mythology, and Art and my Senior Thesis in History was on Early Modern Mysticism, so I actually am really interested in these sorts of phenomenon. I also really like certain aspects of the book like Belbo’s fictionalized historicism of Kelley and the pages and pages and pages of really interesting history. There were just other parts that made me go “Really?” like the 3-4 chapters of false ending.

 

Can we say The Return of the King here?

 

Yes, I really do read multiple books at once; it’s easier when one has the attention span of a gnat.

 

*whistles*

 

So, before I got completely side-tracked by Eco and Moore, I was going to say that I have loads of nifty pictures by way of a pseudo-blog post today.

 

‘Cause, even ill, I’m completely bee-like.

 

But just a few. *feels stingy today*

 

full tunnel book

 

A tunnel book sample that I made to go with the physical advertising of my bookmaking class at the ARTgarage. I’m rather fond of it, although the picture kinda sucks. <–My photo area is still down due to a massive reorganization after ‘Lain moved out.

 

I also made a folded structure book sample to display. This is a picture of it in process; it’s done and on display, but I haven’t taken a picture of it yet.

 

sculpture book

 

I’ve been making some Kindle covers. This is mine and The Husband’s respectively.

 

question bird

 

hello owl

 

The handmade insult series is also continuing apace.

 

stupid head

 

Did I mention that I’ve also learned to perform basic knitting? <–No picture, just a random question.

 

And check out the amazing old china I found at Goodwill.

 

tea

 

It wasn’t a complete set, but it had the tiniest tea cups and a large-ish bowl and a plate. I <3 it like y’all wouldn’t believe.

 

Classes at the ARTgarage:

 

Storybeads:

  • Saturday, January 14th: basic beading structures & open studio
  • Saturday, January 21st: fiber incorporation & open studio
  • Saturday, January 28th: pendant structures & open studio
  • Saturday, February 4th: wire work & open studio

 

When: Saturdays, January 14th-February 4th, 10 am-12 pm

Where: the ARTgarage

Cost: $25 includes use of tools and basic materials (sign-up for 3 classes and take the 4th free!)

 

Bookmaking:

  • Saturday, January 14th: Instabooks
  • Saturday, January 21st: Concertina books
  • Saturday, January 28th: Pamphlets
  • Saturday,February 4th: Japanese Stab Binding
  • Saturday, February 11th: Codex books
  • Saturday, February 18th: Tunnel books
  • Saturday, February 25th: Flag books
  • Saturday, March 3rd: Carousel books
  • Saturday, March 10th: Folded structures
  • Saturday, March 17th: Altered books

 

When: Saturdays, January 14th-March 17th, 1-3 pm

Where: the ARTgarage

Cost: $60 for first session, $40 for each following session

 Papermaking:

  • Saturday, February 11th: History, equipment, initial pulls
  • Saturday, February 18th: Cotton pull
  • Saturday, February 25th: Abaca/flax pull
  • Saturday, March 3rd: Kozo, dyeing, and forming
  • Saturday, March 10th: Inclusion papers
  • Saturday, March 17th: Pulp-painting and collage pages

 

When: Saturdays, February 11th-March 17th, 9-12 am

Where: the ARTgarage

Cost: $150 for all six classes

 

Mixed Media:

 

Possible projects include 10-layer drawings, altered books, and assemblage and techniques such as photo-transfer.

  • Saturday, March 24th
  • Saturday, March 31st
  • Saturday, April 7th
  • Saturday, April 14th
  • Saturday, April 21st
  • Saturday, April 28th

 

When: Saturdays, March 24th-April 28th, 10-12 am

Where: the ARTgarage

Cost: $150 for all six classes

 

Sculpture:

 

Possible projects include mini-installation, guerrilla fiber, fiber art, assemblage, wearable art, and/or environmental art.

  • Saturday, March 24th
  • Saturday, March 31st
  • Saturday, April 7th
  • Saturday, April 14th
  • Saturday, April 21st
  • Saturday, April 28th

 

When: Saturdays, March 24th-April 28th, 1-3 pm

Where: the ARTgarage

Cost: $150 for all six classes

 

*”Metals Crack” was a joke when I was an undergraduate.  I took several Metals classes, and there were some people in them that should just not have been allowed near fire.  We kept telling them that Metals Crack was the really good crack that caused you to grow an extra eye in the top of your head.  Scarily, a few of them seemed to believe us.  *le SIGH*

 

Courage.

I am the office weird. /deadpanned

I’m totally kidding.  I’m not the office weird…all the time.

I share the position with five other people–none of which actually work in an office. <–This includes me.

See, the office weird.

*tra la la lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala*

I seriously am just from the Land of Warped today.  True story.

So, point.  Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere point.

I’ve been trying out Springpad for the last week.  Basically, it’s a web-based virtual notebooking app that allows you to create notebooks of information and interconnect them via tags.

Like Evernote, really.

Or any other millions of other apps.

I admit, I’m partial to Evernote because of the offline usage and smartphone apps.  Springpad does have an offline mode (that I haven’t tried yet), but because I have a Blackberry, there isn’t an app, per se; there’s a mobile site.  *hands*  It’s not that big of a deal (I have to do the same issue with Google+, the bastards.).

Springpad’s okay.  In the last week, Springpad has become my online collection app for quixotism and curiosity while Evernote is my go-to for long-term collection and storage.  <–It’s also the program I wrote my NaNoWriMo novel, Hood, in since I could have all the research and reference photos at the ready and cataloged appropriately.  Also, I could work on the novel anywhere I wanted to through the mobile app.

OCD=me.  What can I say?  I’m an organization crazy.

As I use it more, I’ll let y’all know more about using it–or, you could try it yourself.  It’s free after all.

So, for some reason, I almost always have Attack of the Show or X-Play on while I’m sitting here fiddling with the thinky-thoughts.  Today, Craftzine was mentioned on Attack of the Show for a how-to they did on using conductive thread so that you don’t have to take off your gloves to use your touch-screen phones.  Easy version here:  Touch Screen Gloves; more complicated version here:  Knit Conductive Thread Into Your Gloves.

Geeks and crafters/artists are merging into one mega-being:  The Creek.  Or is is The Gafters?  Best of both worlds.

It’s the Age of the Geek. *is totally Hardison from Leverage*

So, questions and oooooOOOOOOOOoooooooo for today:

Enrique Gomez De Molina makes these really interesting chimeric taxidermy sculptures.  He’s being tried for illegal importation of endangered critter bits.  Which, honestly, he should know better than to illegally import anything and using bits of endangered critters is severally hinky, but that’s not even really the point.

Does his artwork constitute animal cruelty?  What do y’all think of his work in general (and conceptual framework)?  What do y’all think of the usage of endangered critter bits?

And, in a less controversial oooOOOoooo, is Whimseybox.  There are Wine/Cheese/Beer/Hooker of the Month sites (Okay, not Hooker of the Month.  That I know of.); here is a Craft Supply of the Month option.  Craftzine did an entire thing on it, and I kinda want a subscription.  *rubs tentacles together all Mr. Burns-esque*

And, since Yule, Saturnalia, Hanukkah, Christmas, Squidmas, and any number of other holiday festivities, how about celebrating with “A Very Zombie Holiday” video from the lovely ladies at Team Unicorn FTW:

I totally realize that I owe y’all fairytale meta, but it’s not happening today.  Holiday zombies and Team Unicorn are kinda over-ruling it today.  Eventually, I swear.

Courage and Happy Holidays.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

So, I’m kinda lacking a posty-post today.  Been in my studio on and off all day working on a couple of different pieces (and cursing the need to procure more spray paint *shakes tentacle*).  <–Also?  It’s been fraking hot in the studio today since it’s been unseasonably warm in Wisconsin.  *shrugs*  Makes me less likely to be thinky, ya know?

 

I’m also working on sharing the project sheets I developed with y’all since I know you’ve been waiting with baited breathe.  Talking about pricing, time keeping, and tallying the damage.

 

Remember to breathe, please.

 

And, in other news, I’ve started a Tumblr under the handle “tentacle-made” as a way to supplement this more long-winded blog–kind of a taking the blogging on the road so that the nifty things I see and/or do don’t have to be saved up and relegated to a once-a-week kinda thing.

 

Also?  It’s a bit more wieldy on my Rodney, my phone, and a bit more user-friendly.

 

So, no pictures.  Nothing interesting.  Just plans for future posting-ness.

 

Courage.